Page updated: August 6, 2021 at 3:27 p.m.
Businesses, recreation sites, and venues are open at full capacity (provided they meet workplace safety requirements), except large indoor events hosting 10,000 or more people which are open at 75% capacity.
The mask mandate has been expanded to include fully vaccinated people. Effective August 23, everyone will be required to wear masks in indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status. As of September 13, masks are also required at outdoor venues hosting 500 or more attendees.
Vaccines are still our best defense against COVID-19, but no vaccine is 100% effective and masks provide an additional layer of defense against the highly transmissible Delta variant. See our masking page for more details.
To find out more, visit www.coronavirus.wa.gov.
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Contact tracers, or case/contact investigators (CCIs) call people who are diagnosed with COVID-19 and their close contacts.
They talk with each person who has received a positive COVID-19 test to find out:
Once we know this information, we reach out to each person who is a close contact to:
CCIs will ask a few identifying questions:
CCIs will never ask for your:
For more information on how to avoid scammers, visit Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Information: Help COVID-19 contact tracers, not scammers.
To find out more, see our COVID-19 Case Investigation fact sheet.
Identifying close contacts and informing them to stay home and monitor for symptoms is an important public health response. If you haven't been contacted, there may be a couple of reasons why:
If you have questions, you can call us at 360-778-6100.
Data regarding confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community can be found on our COVID-19 Data Dashboard. We protect private health information and only share limited details about COVID-19 cases.
We get this question a lot. The main reasons are:
Variants of concern are newly evolved strains, or variants, of COVID-19 that may be more highly transmissible, cause more severe illness, or resist vaccination. New variants make up the vast majority of new COVID-19 cases in Washington state.
Five variants of concern have been identified in Washington State as of June 22, 2021. Those variants are:
For more information about new COVID-19 variants, visit DOH's COVID-19 Variants page.
The good news is that all the prevention strategies we know work against the original COVID-19 strain work against these variants too. Take the following precautions to protect yourself against variants of concern: